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Philosophy Ph.D. Reading List

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Republic, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, Theaetetus


Categories, Posterior Analytics I.1-6, 18, 33-4; II.1-2, 8-11, 19, Physics I-III.3, On the Soul, Metaphysics I-IX, XII, Nicomachean Ethics


Discourses I-II


Enneads (selection by A.H. Armstrong, 1953)


Confessions, City of God VIII and XIX 


Mystical Theology, The Divine Names 


Monologion, Proslogion


The Metaphysics of "The Healing" (trans. M. Marmura) I.1-7, V, VIII.3-7


The Incoherence of the Incoherence (trans. S. Van Den Bergh) 4th, 5th and 13th Discussions 


Guide of the Perplexed Introduction to First Part, I.50-II.31, III.8-24 


The Itinerary of the Mind into God, The Reduction of the Arts to Theology 


Summa Theologiae I.1-13, 75-89, I-II.1-5, 90-97, De ente et essentia 

Duns Scotus

Ordinatio I, dist. 2, qu. 1: I, dist.3, qu. 1; II, dist.3, part 1, qu. 1-6 

William of Ockham

Ordinatio I, dist. 2, qu. 4-8, Questions on the Physics I, qu. 132-36, Quodlibet I, qu. 1 


Meditations on First Philosophy, Discourse on Method 


Discourse on Metaphysics, Monadology 


An Essay concerning Human Understanding Intro.; Bk. 1, ch. 1; Bk. 2, ch. 1-13, 19-27, 31-33, Bk. 3, ch. 1-3; Bk. 4, ch. 1-4, 9-11, 18-19 


An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion 


First Discourse: Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts 


Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Pure Reason 


"Philosophy of Spirit" Part 3 of the Encyclopedia of Philosophic Sciences 


Fear and Trembling, Concluding Unscientific Postscript 


Utilitarianism, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women 


Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spake Zarathustra 


An Introduction to Metaphysics 


Ideas I, sec. 2: "The Fundamental Phenomenological Outlook," "Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity" (Vienna Lecture, in the appendix to Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology


Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations 


Being and Time, "What is Metaphysics?" "The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking" 


Beloved Rome Campus Chaplain Appointed to Serve Nebraska Parish Next Year

For more than 15 years, Monsignor Thomas Fucinaro has served as chaplain on the University of Dallas’ Eugene Constantin Campus (affectionately known as Due Santi) just outside of Rome, Italy. However, in May, Pope Francis reassigned him to his home diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning on Feb. 2, 2022, as pastor of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ.

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Commending Success: UD to Honor Class of 2021 at Spring Commencement

The University of Dallas is pleased to welcome Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, Iraq, as a special guest and keynote speaker at the 61st annual Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 16, honoring the Class of 2021. This year, UD will award more than 500 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry and Satish and Gupta College of Business.

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Chaplain Father Thomas More Leaves UD with Wisdom, Fierce Love

“As a priest, it’s been a blessing that my first assignment was to serve a college campus,” said UD Chaplain Father Thomas More Barba, BA ’09 ’10. “Young people need to see that their priests are approachable and can connect with them. Being present on campus as a Dominican, walking around campus and being approachable to students, faculty, or anyone who is here, has been a happy, providential thing.”

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